Astro Boy Anime Gets Hollywood Cast

Click to viewNicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy are joining the cast of Astro Boy, the CGI adaptation of the anime classic about a robot kid, alongside Freddie Highmore as the voice of Astro Boy himself. Let's hope this means more big-screen versions of classic anime are on the way — bring on the live-action InuYasha! As we reported earlier this look into the 1950s story created by Osamu Tezuka won't be all red rocket boots and sunshine. It's going to be a dark pinocchio story, steeped in robot abuse. Click through for more on this story.

Astro Boy takes place in futuristic Metro City. A robotics scientist creates Astro Boy to replace his recently passed little boy, but Astro Boy's cold robot love isn't enough for the scientist. He leaves to find a love of his own and ends up in a seedy robot underworld and back where he started, a little older and a lot wiser.

[Animated News and Imagi]